Historical villages and castles of inner Portugal

Tour Number

Activity Level

26155


Categories

Hiking and Walking, Museums / Culture

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.

Maximum travelers: 7

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent), French (conversational), German (advanced), Portuguese (fluent), Spanish (advanced)

Travel back in time, mingle with the genuine portuguese people


The most remote and interesting historical villages and castles of Portugal.
Located in the interior Beira, center of Portugal, most of the sites we visit are classified in the network of Portugal historical villages.
Highlights:
* Idanha-a-Velha, an ancient roman and visigothic town
* Monsanto the most portuguese village where people live inside granit bolders
* Sortelha, the ring of stone
* Belmonte with a criptojewish comunity and birthplace of Cabral who discovered Brasil
* Trancoso, Queen Saint Isabel dowry
* Marialva, a fantastic well kept town inside walls, where none lives nowadays
* Figueira Castelo Rodrigo, on the path of Santiago camiño
* Castelo Mendo where the first portuguese market took place
* Guarda and its catedral
* Linhares da Beira and its castle
A real encounter with its genuine people, traditions and sites, in remote areas of less known Portugal.
A unique travel experience to taste the culture and history of this fascinating country - Portugal.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Lisboa / Idanha a Velha / Monsanto / Sortelha/ Belmonte. Departure from Lisboa, passing Castelo Branco heading to Idanha a Velha. Visit this village once in visigotich time called Egitânea. Then Monsanto, once the most Portuguese village. Proceed to Sortelha, beautiful and well preserved.
Then we will head to Belmonte.

Day 2 - Belmonte/Linhares da Beira/ Trancoso/ Marialva / Figueira Castelo Rodrigo. We shall drive up to the highest mountain, Serra da Estrela before getting to know the above mentioned villages. We will spend the night in Castelo Rodrigo, very well preserved, once a crossing village for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.

Day 3 - Almeida / Castelo Mendo / Guarda / return to Lisbon.
Departure to Almeida. Visit of this historical village which has a star shape line of walls dated from XVIII century. Then follows a very remote village, castelo Mendo, before heading to Guarda where we may visit the iconic Cathedral. Return to Lisbon.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: We will pick up wherever you are in Lisbon area

End location: Drop off desired by the traveller

Duration: 3 days

Transportation

Transportation in a deluxe Mercedes Van

What’s Included

Other: Guide fees and transportation in a deluxe brand new Mercedes Van (7 pax). Spacious truck for luggage.
Gas, tolls, parks, guide and driver accommodation included.
Travel insurances.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 Euros - Most castles and sites we visit are free of charge. Participants accomodation not included but I wil be most pleased to assist you within your hotel booking for this tour

What’s Extra

Other: 2 nights accommodation:
In Belmonte the first night and Castelo Rodrigo in the second night.
Meals and drinks.
Personal expenses.

Restrictions

I do have no restrictions.
As a National Official Tour guide I may give tours all over Portugal.
I am also certified to conduct Tours in Spain and the rest of Europe ( I have led Tours in France and Italy ).

Private tour guide Carla

Contact this Guide

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